Oakland Cannabis Regulation and Revenue Ordinance (Text of Oakland Measure Z Tax and Regulate / Lowest Enforcement Priority ballot initiative submitted to City Clerk Feb 19, 2004; approved by 65% of Oakland Voters Nov.2, 2004) Section 1: TITLE Oakland Cannabis Regulation and Revenue Ordinance Section 2: FINDINGS The people of Oakland, California find as follows: WHEREAS it is a goal of the people of Oakland to keep drugs off the streets and away from children, and to eliminate street dealing and violent crime; and WHEREAS each year California spends over $150 million enforcing cannabis (marijuana) laws, expending valuable law enforcement resources that would be better spent on fighting violent and serious crimes; and WHEREAS medical and governmental studies have consistently found cannabis to be less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and WHEREAS otherwise law-abiding adults are being arrested or imprisoned for nonviolent cannabis offenses, clogging our courts and jails; and WHEREAS controlling and regulating cannabis so that it is only sold by licensed businesses would undermine the hold of street dealers on our neighborhoods; and WHEREAS in the face of the severe state and local budget crises, the revenues from taxing and licensing cannabis would help fund vital Oakland city services; and WHEREAS the current laws against cannabis have needlessly harmed patients who need it for medical purposes, and impeded the development of hemp for fiber, oil, and other industrial purposes; and WHEREAS it is the hope of the people of Oakland that there will be state and federal law reform that will eliminate the problems and costs caused by cannabis prohibition; THEREFORE the people of the City of Oakland do hereby enact the following ordinance establishing the cannabis policy of the city. [In Full @ CA-NORML]The Senate has 'Terminated' the F-22 Raptor fighter jet program. The F-22 is a 5th generation fighter plane which costs $350 million for each one, costs $44,000 an hour to fly, and requires 30 hours maintenance for each hour it spends in the air. The House of Representatives votes today on an interstate 'concealed carry' law for handguns... AKA the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act". Two views... Against... and For. South Korean parliamentary procedure? Barricade and Brawl over loosening the restrictions on media ownership in the country. View the action... below the fold in the "Notes:" In "The REAL News..." There's a hole in the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter perhaps caused by an incoming comet or asteroid... The hole is the size of the planet Earth. An amateur astronomer first noticed it.
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